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Shock 'n Awe in Arlington: New Real Estate Assessments Due This Month

Today's Washington Times included a story "Property tax bills increase sharply" about the average 15.5% increase for 692,000 properties in Maryland. Average assessments in Arlington are most likely to be even higher, about a 20% increase according to the County Manager's internal September 8, 2004, memorandum. To avoid any increase in average residential property tax bills, the Arlington County Board would have to cut the current tax rate by a very large amount, not the piddly two or three cents which they have taken pride in doing the past few years. Arlington property owners need to begin immediately contacting the County Board demanding significant cuts in the real estate tax rate (following the link in the column to the right).

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